Tibet and China dispute – Today Current Affairs
- US Special Coordinator on Tibet ‘Uzra Zeya’ recently, on a public visit to Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), ‘Sikyong’ or self-styled Central Tibetan Administration leader ‘Penpa Tsering’ and other officials and Met representatives of the Tibetan community.
- This visit is also being seen as a strong message from the Government of India to China. China is opposed to any outside “interference” in Tibet-related matters, and the visit of the US Special Coordinator was facilitated by New Delhi.
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Location of Tibet:
- Tibet (TIBET) is a landmass on the Tibetan Plateau in Asia, extending about 2.4 million square km, and in size it is about a quarter of the total area of China.
- It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan population as well as some other ethnic groups.
How did China establish its authority over Tibet? The Hindu Analysis
- As claimed by the ‘People’s Republic of China’, Tibet has been a part of China since the ‘Yuan Dynasty’ led by the Mongols.
- In 1951, Tibetan leaders were forced to sign a treaty directed by China.
- The treaty is known as the “Seventeen Point Agreement” and promised to guarantee Tibetan autonomy and respect for Buddhism, but at the same time, it included ‘Lhasa’ (the capital of Tibet). Provision has also been made for the establishment of Chinese civil and military headquarters. The Hindu Analysis
- However, the Tibetan population, including the Dalai Lama, consider the treaty to be ‘invalid’, saying that the treaty was signed under pressure.
- The Chinese occupation of Tibet is often described by the Tibetan people as a ‘cultural genocide’.
Tibetans abroad : The Hindu Analysis
- There are more than 1 lakh Tibetans settled across India, while the remaining Tibetans are settled in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Costa Rica, France, Mexico, Mongolia, Germany, United Kingdom, Switzerland and many other countries.